While there are many who believe in human creativity, the worlds largest gathering of advertising and marketing professionals agreed that there are many things robots--and by extension Artificial Intelligence (AI) can already do better than humans.
Over the course of the next several months, we'll be interviewing some of the smartest, most interesting event professionals around--sharing their insights, advice, and unique experiences. This week we sat down with Dave Lutz, founder of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, a leader who knows how to take focus and ambition to the next level.
Experiential marketing can involve a bad "big budget" experience when it comes to video. With a little practice, however, you capture the "cinematic look" in your event footage for less than the lunch budget for a commercial shoot.
The truth is that smartphones have offered 4K video since 2015 -- well before consumer cameras. This has given manufacturers like Apple, Samsung and LG time to perfect the vaunted "movie look" from a simple cell phone. While high-end smartphones today can run close to $1000.00, there are some amazing options out there.
Better yet, as you will see in this updated post, you can actually buy a dedicated professional movie camera for around 1k (which cost up to 65k just a few years back.)
Did you know that Johnny Depp has a substantial collection of Barbie Dolls? Now let's say you ran a Barbie Doll Expo, would you have him on your invite list? Why not? And with that in mind, what other oversights or outright mistakes do you think you might be making with your event planning?
Here are 5 that come to mind:
Video marketing is exploding online. This is because you will receive 20X the engagement from a video posting over a text only post. We have shared in previous posts some of the best ways to generate high quality|low cost video for your event promotions here (a brilliant solution for low-cost video.) Here is an infographic to help you visualize the trends.
Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins provides THE definitive presentation on the state of the internet every year. Her presentation is an annual watershed for the tech sector and is followed by everyone who is anyone in the business. This is a great synopsis and presentation that you can view here. (You can download the entire deck for free at this link.)
Number 1: Follow the 3Cs of Content.
This one is is easy to agree with but hard to accomplish. That is because anyone who can write today can go find a list to follow or regurgitate someone else's stuff. At the bottom line quality content should be relevant, useful and ultimately differentiating for your brand. In other words, great content creates the "aha" moment. The key to creating quality content is to follow--in declining order--these 3Cs:
1) Created (original) content is best and should comprise at least 80% of your content bucket. This means you'll have to hire an agency or bring a write on staff if you want to get serious about it.
2) Curated content is a bit of a punt--but it is still useful if it is engaging. Make it about 15% of your bucket.
3) Commercial content is the stuff you can buy. You can also hire an "influencer" to guest blog for you for a week or two. This can be tricky, however, because this hired gun's traffic goes away once they stop blogging for you. In other words their fans do not always translate into fans that love your brand. In the worst cases they may even be followers that influencer has bought on fiverr (but that is becoming very rare in 2018.)
Here is a helpful link to creating more relevant content this year.
Number 2: Instagram.
If you think Instagram is just for posers and millenials, you are missing the biggest professional trend in social media. According to Entrepreneur, 800 million people use the platform everyday, and it is expected that number to rise in 2018.
The best event marketers work with Data Driven Enterprise Event (DEEP) platfoms (particularly at Auto Shows) that allow you to set up all kinds of instant sharing opportunities for attendees at shows along with metadata you can harvest to understand more about the likes and dislikes of your audience.
Number 3: 360 Degree Video. Get in on the ground floor.
This insight comes from Valoso, a digital marketing and video production company. The use of 360 media is expected to rise in 2018 and 2019 because it provides a unique bird's eye view of the action on the event floor. The trick to getting this cool footage is to have a partner that can post a 360 camera -- which looks more like a basketball made out of camera lenses. It's super cool to have this footage streaming in your booth--but make sure you hire someone who has already mastered this very tricky art.
Number 4: Influencer Marketing. Follow our List of 29.
Influencers have always been a useful channel for event marketing. Nielsen’s Global Trust in Advertising Survey says that two thirds of your online audience will pay more attention to experts in the field that recommend your brand over a purely outbound message that you deliver yourself. We urge caution however with overusing "influencers" as many of these people can overstate their influence and/or credibility.
A few months back we created a list of 29 influencers that can be considered trusted experts in event marketing. Following any of these will give you a good base network to begin an influencer campaign.
Now Go Beyond Our List. Download Our Latest Whitepaper on Events, Email and Beyond.
What's the best time of day to post on social media? If you were hoping that the best time to post on core social media sites was after hours...no luck. We mention this because if you are like most event planners you probably don't have a single person devoted to following social media on a 24|7 schedule. Fortunately there are all kinds of time-saving tools to help you make a post from a single dashboard, create content and more.
This is an interesting twist on the interview backdrop. The Wally Smart Wall, developed in Israel, is a solution that can replace the undynamic gray backdrops that are often used to carry out on-camera interviews. According to the company, their wall now enables sponsors to communicate directly with their target market through video content and dedicated interactive messages.
Comprised of a row of screens situated within the exact frame of the ongoing interview, Wally can carry out what they call "active marketing" with any crowd. Or, in essence, pack a lot more messaging into the frame of your interview--which is particularly helpful if your subject is a little short on charisma.
Chatbots are an emerging trend in the event marketing space, according to a recent report published by Technavio.
Some companies change event marketing partners as often as Justin Bieber used to changed his hair cut. While we realize busy event executives like you probably didn’t notice it, the Biebs’ has actually been lovin’ his new 'do for a year or two. (DIY instructions included!)
So what changed? And what does the Biebs' have to do with asking your agency to take a serious haircut on their services?
We imagine he got to “I do” with his new doo' by drawing up a list of reasons for why his old sytlists had to go. In that same vein, allow us a little fun with our own Top 5 reasons to get tough with your current event agency … and one reason not to.